I’m talking about Neighborhood Councils. In Atlanta they call ’em Neighborhood Planning Units. I’m sure in other communities they go by other names, but the basic idea is the same:
Neighborhoods need control over the basic decisions that affect our lives.
If they can do it in those other cities, then surely we can do it in New Orleans. Now is the time! We have a reform-minded City Council and civic involvement is at an all-time high.
We need to decentralize governance in a way that gives control to the local community. Each neighborhood in New Orleans should have a neighborhood council with the power to initiate, decide, and execute the affairs that concern it closely: land use, housing, maintenance, streets, parks, police, schooling, welfare, neighborhood services.
Mid-City Neighborhood Organization has identified this idea as a key component of our recovery plan. Now we need to reach out to other neighborhood organizations, share ideas, and work together to promote democratic reform in the governance of our city.